Above-ground Tanks: Proper Installation is Key

An above-ground tank can be the right solution for many businesses in terms of needs, available space and/or environmental concerns. However, before you have a tank installed, you should know about the common mistakes people make regarding these tanks when it comes to installation.

Installation Performance Sets the Tone

Your above-ground petroleum tank has to be installed correctly. Otherwise, you may end up with problems right from the start or down the line. Installation on ground that is too soft, for example, can cause a tank to sink or lean. This effect can become apparent immediately or over time. If you use an experienced service, they will test the ground before installation to ensure this type of problem is avoided.

A tank mounted on concrete blocks inappropriately is another example of an installation issue. This can cause leaning, and the main part of the tank might end up not even resting on the blocks. In both scenarios, you can end up with hoses left lying on the ground, which will cause them to deteriorate quickly.

It’s important to keep in mind that the installation base in general needs to be appropriate for the ground it is resting on and the tank it is supporting. A wooden base, for example, may seem like the right way to go in areas with softer grounds, but in reality, that type of base will deteriorate over time, which can lead to tank leaning, tipping and spills. Your installation service can help you determine which type of base to use based on your tank’s requirements and where the tank is to be located.

Poor Location Can Bring Serious Problems

A tank should be placed in an area that doesn’t leave spills and other issues with the potential of becoming an environmental disaster. Installing near a stream or water source, for example, is a bad idea because the fuel could potentially get into the water if there is a spill or leak. An environmental disaster can lead to fines and other punishments, as well as a high bill for specialized clean-up.

Generally, your above-ground tank should not be near a road, well, power line, building, water source, grain bin or property lines. It should also not be near places where ignition sources–such as cutting torches and welding tools–are going to be used. Roof drip-lines should also be avoided, as the water may freeze as it goes from the building to the tank or snow could fall from the roof and onto your tank. Ideally, your tank will be on flat, dry and level ground that has the ability to withstand the weight over the long term.

When you need an above-ground tank installed, it pays to use a professional, experienced service. While these tanks may seem simpler than tanks that are below ground, there are still many mistakes that can be made during installation that will end up costing you in time and money.